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Hiring the woman who wrecked me to nanny the kid I just found out I have is a dumb idea. Getting naked with her in the back of my truck is even dumber.

But old habits die hard.

Amelia Fox was my high school sweetheart, the girl who broke my heart and nearly ended my football career nine years ago. It was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other, much less make a comeback.

But I did come back. And I’m not about to let go of everything I fought for just because my world is imploding again.

When I find out I’m the father of a two-year-old boy, I’m ready to start my final season in the pros. It’s my last chance to nab the championship I promised my dad I’d win before he died.

Enter Amelia: teacher, toddler whisperer, and — oh yeah — my ex-girlfriend. We haven’t spoken in almost a decade, but I’m desperate, and she’s looking for a job.

I need to focus, which means I need help with this kid. Which means I need her.

The arrangement works until one night of bad decisions and great sex threatens to ruin everything. 

Can we make it work this time around? 

Or is she just another bad habit I need to break before she breaks me?

Southern Playboy is a full-length, stand-alone novel.

©2021 Peterson Paperbacks, LLC (P)2021 Peterson Paperbacks, LLC

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Great second chance romance!

We have Rhett and Amelia's book! This second chance romance is well done. I loved how Amelia comes back into Rhett's life just in time when he needs her the most. Watching these two navigate their relationship as well as Rhett's new son in their lives was heartwarming. There were times when I wanted to ring both of their necks, but overall I enjoyed their story. This is such a great series!

I listened to this book and loved the narration. I thought it added so much to the story.

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My Favorite Beauregard Brother

My favorite Beauregard brother! Rhett is the sexy, current athlete of the family. And when he suddenly becomes a full-time dad, he is forced to grow up all at once. Seeing Rhett with little Liam is the most swoonworthy thing. Let’s be honest, Liam completely steals the show.

Rhett and Amelia have this easy chemistry. It’s clear that they are comfortable being together and have an undeniable pull toward each other. Things move quickly between them because it’s as if they simply picked up where they left off. I adore the way they can talk to and confide in one another. Yet they also joke and tease and have fun. Both main characters did get on my nerves though. Amelia is great with kids, driven, and knows what she wants. But I felt she was too impatient with Rhett. His life had just taken a dramatic turn and he needed time to figure out what his future was going to look like. Still, it seemed like Rhett had his priorities out of whack for a bit there.

The characters gave me some mixed feelings, but the writing was impeccable. My heart was on a rollercoaster throughout. The emotions were visceral. The black moment was so heart wrenching, but it made the resolution sweeter and more well deserved. Another hit for this series that I find myself adoring more with each book.

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Family comes first!

When Rhett learns he has a son, it turns his whole world upside down. He goes from a lifestyle of booze, football & partying to dirty diapers, 2am wake ups & close quarters with his high school love. Can he turn his life around to fit a 2 year old & forever love.

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Enjoyable single parent romance.

I enjoyed this story. Listened to it on audio and the narration was really good. I appreciate an audio when it so much more than reading to me. The emotions were all there.
For the story, it went much differently than I expected and that was a pleasant surprise.
Rhett becomes a single parent and had no idea. He handled it well but realistically made some mistakes. It was great that he had some flaws and despite being an NFL player, chose to really parent rather than hire a bunch of help to do that. He has a romantic side to him as well which was swoony.
I was wishy washy on how I felt about Amelia. I could understand her drawing the lines that she did in the story, but felt as though the drama could have been largely avoided, felt a bit forced.
All in all, it was a great listen and the first one that I've read in this series.

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I love it

I love the story line and the family that comes together for all the family and kids

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Chasing the Wild

“What if y’all always wanted the same life, but you’re just realizing it now?”

Southern Playboy is a steamy, slow-burn, second-chance romance featuring a sexy, tortured football player unprepared for fatherhood, a feisty teacher turned nanny, and an adorable little boy. Rhett and Amelia were high school sweethearts who broke up when they realized they wanted different things in life. When Amelia finds herself jobless and Rhett discovers he’s the father of a two year old boy, Amelia agrees to help Rhett until he can find a permanent nanny. In the meantime, will feelings that they both thought were long since buried resurface?

“We’re chasing the wild because neither of us knows if—when—the chase is going to end.”

Both Rhett and Amelia are a little lost and their lives are a mess. Amelia is a strong and independent woman who knows her worth and knows what she wants out of life. When her world implodes, she’s shaken to her core and it forces her to reevaluate what she wants out of life. Rhett has lost his passion for football and is questioning his future. He’s unhappy and can seem to only make it through the day with a drink in his hand. When he finds out he has a son, he begins to realize that there is more to life than winning a championship. Rhett’s struggles were heartbreaking, but Amelia instills a sense of calm in him that allows him to recognize that he needs to change for the sake of his son.

“I’ve waited my whole life for this. The girl. The feeling. The permission to finally, finally let go.”

“Not once did he ever make me feel like I was too much. Too needy or demanding or weird. When I was with him, everything about me felt right-sized.”

I loved watching Rhett and Amelia grow and change throughout the book. They both had to learn to compromise. The chemistry between them was intense and was instantly felt from their first interaction. The slow-burn from exes to reluctant friends to lovers was fun, angsty, and steamy. I loved the interactions with Liam and how Rhett stepped up immediately to be there for his son.

The narration by Jason Clarke and Virgina Rose was perfection. Their performances embodied the heart and soul of Rhett and Amelia and brought their emotional journey to life. I absolutely loved engrossed in the story even though I had already read it as well and I credit the narrators for that.

Southern Playboy was a fantastic addition to this series. I absolutely love the Beauregard family and I am super excited for Milly’s book.

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Steamy, romantic and perfect!

I swear, every book in this series just gets hotter than the last. Rhett and Amelia practically lit my headphones on fire.

Rhett finds himself in the position of learning he has a toddler son, which throws him for quite a loop. And when he needs help with his son, he finds himself turning to his ex, Amelia. They were so deep in love when they were young, but they were on different paths, and their love couldn't last. But now, they're given a second chance.

This is such a swoony, hot slow burn. The tension between Rhett and Amelia was palpable from chapter 1, and it did not stop for hours. Just as they were there for each other when they were teens, they now find themselves drawn to each other and leaning on each other again as adults. I love that they're able to re-forge their relationship in a way that makes them closer than ever.

The narration, by Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, is so spot on. They are two of my favorite narrators, and their work is always full of emotion, steam and affection. I could listen to them all day. And I'm sure I'll listen to this multiple times.

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Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose are amazing!

Southern Playboy is the 4th book in the North Carolina Highlands series. It is a stand alone but I would strongly suggest reading this series in order.
Rhett... I must confess, I wasn't really looking forward to Rhett's book. I didn't like him very much after reading the other books in the series. However, I love Jessica Peterson's writing so I had to give it a try. Boy, am I glad that I did!
Rhett is this broken, struggling, man that is so human you can't help but love him. From the very beginning I just wanted to hug him. Amelia is a woman that knows what she wants out of life and Rhett does not fit into that plan. Add in a surprise 2 year old son and this book just melted my heart.
I'm glad I gave this book a chance. Turns out, it's my favorite in the series so far!

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Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were well-cast

Jessica Peterson's North Carolina Highlands series has been such a delight thus far, and I'm happy to say Southern Playboy fell in that camp as well. There are so many great tropes represented- single dad, nanny/boss, second chance and slow burn are all favorites of mine and so enjoyable here. The secret baby trope is not typically a favorite of mine, but the way the author handled the situation was new and refreshing and pretty darn fantastic. Toddler Liam absolutely stole the show for me, although I loved reading about Amelia and Rhett's second chance at love. Life is messy and never perfect, and compromise is necessary in relationships- seeing the main characters both come to this realization was so satisfying. Their journey felt authentic and real. Narrators Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were well-cast and gave excellent performances.

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Great series but ok book.

Having read this book a couple of months ago, I eagerly anticipated the audiobook's release. I had hopes that listening to the book would give me a different perspective on the story than I had after reading it. Sadly, it did not.

I liked Rhett, but found him easily swayed by the wishes and opinions of others. I did not like Amelia at all as I found her extremely self-centered and inflexible. Her way or the highway, basically. Both characters had unresolved issues from the death of Rhett's father and Amelia's mother. I loved Amelia's grandma Rose - I may want to be her when I grow up. And I enjoyed revisiting the Beauregards and the family's dynamics and interactions.

The vocal performances by both Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were on point, as always. The individual voices of the supporting characters were clear and voicing an extremely young child who was such a pivotal point in the story was a challenge but they made it seem effortless. They have done a stellar job with this series and I look forward to listening to them narrate the final book in the series in the near future.

I wish I could have rated this higher but the story was only 3 stars for me with the narration getting a 5 star rating.

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  • Voracious Book Addict
  • 03-24-22

Second Chance, Single Dad, Nanny Nirvana!

I love the Beauregard family on Blue Mountain and Rhett is no different. A football player at the end of his career finds out he's a dad and is thrust into parenthood. It's excellent timing that his high school girlfriend and love of his life is available to teach him how to be a parent and be his nanny. This has delicious disaster all over it. Narrated by Jason Clarke and Virgina Rose this audiobook is entertaining, heartwarming and a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed the characters and their development. Most of the time they talked out issues like adults, and there weren't any situations where they caused the drama by avoiding a conversation. I struggled a bit with the kid voices from both narrators. The character of Liam was absolutely adorable and the dialogue was written perfectly, just a little whiney for my ears

I am loving the North Carolina Highlands series, and can't wait for the next one!

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  • BrieWhale
  • 01-31-22

My Favourite Beauregard Brother

My favorite Beauregard brother! Rhett is the sexy, current athlete of the family. And when he suddenly becomes a full-time dad, he is forced to grow up all at once. Seeing Rhett with little Liam is the most swoonworthy thing. Let’s be honest, Liam completely steals the show.

Rhett and Amelia have this easy chemistry. It’s clear that they are comfortable being together and have an undeniable pull toward each other. Things move quickly between them because it’s as if they simply picked up where they left off. I adore the way they can talk to and confide in one another. Yet they also joke and tease and have fun. Both main characters did get on my nerves though. Amelia is great with kids, driven, and knows what she wants. But I felt she was too impatient with Rhett. His life had just taken a dramatic turn and he needed time to figure out what his future was going to look like. Still, it seemed like Rhett had his priorities out of whack for a bit there.

The characters gave me some mixed feelings, but the writing was impeccable. My heart was on a rollercoaster throughout. The emotions were visceral. The black moment was so heart wrenching, but it made the resolution sweeter and more well deserved. Another hit for this series that I find myself adoring more with each book.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 01-28-22

Playboy

Loved listening to the dual narration of Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, perfect.


We have once high school sweethearts, single Dad, hot chemistry , second chance love and a slow burn romance, What more can you ask for .

After a decade of not speaking, they cross paths again, and the chemistry between them is HOT. Rhett finds out that he is a dad to a 2-year-old little boy Liam, he needs all the help he can get, and Amelia is unemployed, so she agrees to become the nanny,

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 01-17-22

Book is great, audiobook is better

The author writes vulnerable men like no other. They are strong guys, they can even be a touch alpha male, but they also have weaknesses that make them more human, and they aren’t afraid to cry. Rhett was like that, and though he could be a douche at times, he was also determined–when in the right state of mind, that is. I liked him. I also liked Amelia and her devotion to her job and her people. Competent and kind, she was a good role model. They weren’t perfect, they had flaws, but it was beautiful to see how they accepted them in each other, while being harder on themselves.

The whole Beauregard family was back, and it was nice to see them again. They made for a lively background for the main couple, meddling a little and being their usual nosy selves.

Rhett’s struggles with his career and his dreams were also a big part of the story, and I think the subject was treated well, as was his need for alcohol when he was lost. I’d have liked to see the same treatment with Amelia’s struggles, since she also was at a turning point in her life, but for her, it looked like her love life took precedence. The subject wasn’t neglected, but it wa less prominent than Rhett’s problems.

Parenthood was the main theme. How to be a parent, what kind of parent to be, how to live without a parent or with the pressure of their expectations, the joy and the pain of having a child… It may have been the best romance book I’ve read on the subject.

Very sexy, but also with real chunks of feelings inside, it’s a book you don’t want to miss.

As usual, the audio was fantastic. There's a lot of strong emotions in this one, and both narrators do it perfectly. They made me laugh, but they also brought tears in my eyes. Book is great, audiobook is better.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 01-07-22

Beautiful Story!

This is the fourth book in the North Carolina Highlands Series. This is an excellent single Dad romance, one of my favorite tropes! Rhett and Amelia are beautiful characters. I loved their second chance to love and slow burn romance. They share a sizzling chemistry. Rhett's son is so cute! The supporting characters are amazing. Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed it!

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  • Fay
  • 01-06-22

Loved it 🥰

I read this story previously and listening to Jason Clarke as Rhett was just amazing🥰🥰
Rhett and Amelia were high school sweethearts, but it didn't last.

Now Rhett is a famous NFL player and Amelia is a teacher. So when they run into each other again and both their lives isn't exactly how they wanted.
And then Rhett ends up finding out his the father to a two year old and Amelia needs a job... So maybe they can help each other out... Right 😏

I loved these two and adding the narrators was just the icing. I loved little Liam he was just too adorable. Everything about this story was just my kind of romance😊

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-27-21

Rhett and Amelia!

What do you do when you find out you have a son? Rhett Beaureguard finds out when his hookup several years ago resulted in a beautiful little boy, Liam. Now a single parent, looking at his football career and working to figure things out, he realizes he needs help. Amelia needs a job, and when this nanny position came up, she was excited. Until she finds out it is for her high school sweetheart! Amelia and Rhett were hot and heavy until they went to college. This could make things really awkward. But Liam is irresistible and her feelings for Rhett have never died. Will these two find a second chance at love? I absolutely love Jessica Peterson's books for a lot of reasons. She writes my favorite tropes, has fantastic characters and her books contain relevant issues and low angst. The stories flow and this one is amazing. Rhett is semi-alpha, is mushy when it comes to his son and is working through just what he thinks his priorities should be. Amelia is in love with this little boy, and with her heart still belonging to Rhett, things get complicated! Bring in the rest of Rhett's siblings and we have that witty banter, fun teasing as well as a little interference! Fun, loving, and all the feels I love. Could not be better.

Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose bring this beauty to life with their storytelling. I love these two together. Their voices complement each other and the understanding of the characters along with the nuances they use make the story a wonderful listen!

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  • Bette
  • 11-23-21

Awesome Story & Narration🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt

This is a fabulous second chance romance, and I loved everything about it, from Jessica Peterson’s wonderful writing style to the characters and storylines she created to the perfectly cast narration who brings it all to life from the pages to your ears. This is a standalone novel set in the “North Carolina Highlands” series, each book features a different member of the Beauregard family. The world building and character development has been phenomenal throughout the series and for each book, I love the complexity of the characters and the real-life issues and struggles they deal with in their lives. This book is Rhett Beauregard and Amelia Fox’s story, Rhett a professional football player is home training for the upcoming season while attending his brother’s engagement party he runs into his high school sweetheart, Amelia Fox, who is friends with Emma, his brother’s fiancé. Even after nine years, the chemistry between them never sizzled out, but Amelia is in a serious relationship and Rhett does not do relationships. Soon after both their lives were turned upside down, turns out Amelia’s serious relationship was not so serious, since he was still married and for Rhett, it turns out that he fathered a child with a one-night stand two years ago without ever knowing it. The only reason he found out was because the mother passed away suddenly and he was his only surviving relative. Rhett is stepping up to take responsibility, but he has no clue what to do, after running into Amelia again and hearing her dilemma of her cheating ex and loss of her teaching job he offers her a job, to help him with his new son, Liam. Amelia takes him up on the job offer but only for a limited time period, she wants to get back to dream job and teaching again. Rhett is grateful for the help, he is also likes her company. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a beautifully plotted story with drama, heartfelt and emotional moments with a perfect balance of heavy and lighthearted ones, and a wonderful friends to lovers, second chance romance. Jessica Peterson, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose’s stellar performance continues as they bring these characters and their story to life. They have a complete understanding of the characters they portray, give each a voice that fits their character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable in every role they played and just as I picture the characters to sound. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they capture all the characters’ emotions and project them into their performance. These mega talented narrators are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another fabulous listen.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 11-21-21

Great story, excellent audiobook

I first read the ebook of this and then, for my second time, listened to the audiobook. I have to say that I loved the story but Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose elevated the story even more with their fantastic narration (I loved Jason's Southern drawl).

Anyway, the story: I thought that this title was a bit of a misnomer because I didn't feel like this book, focused on Rhett, an professional football player on the cusp of retirement because he's concerned about the impact of chronic traumatic encephalopathy on his life, was a playboy. He returns home during the off season and I have to say that as I read more about the family as a whole, I fall in love more with this strong, sweet and amusing family. It's always great to feel like you're seeing old friends when reading a book in a series.

When Rhett returns, he sees his girlfriend from high school, Amelia. They had a strong relationship and now, they have the opportunity to rekindle it, especially when he finds out that he's now a father. (the mother is not in the picture, having died tragically before she let him know that he is a father.) I really loved their dynamic- they had an innate knowledge of each other that made their quick relationship make sense. And Liam, the toddler, was so adorable. I have to admit that sometimes, Rhett made me want to tear my hair out but overall, this was a steamy generally low angst and sweet romance. I look forward to returning to the North Carolina Highlands for the next Beauregard to fall in love!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-27-22

love this series!

Another excellent story by Jessica Peterson that gets you in all the feels. Have to say anything narrated by Jason Clarke is worth listening to